With more than 80 film and television roles to her credit, Judy Greer, 38, isn't fazed playing Miss Desjardin in the remake of the horror classic Carrie this month, then taking on the role of female chimp Cornelia in the action film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, set for next summer. Her other recent big-screen titles include Playing for Keeps, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and The Descendants. Look for Greer's first book, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, a collection of humorous essays, in 2014. She voices Cheryl in FX's animated sitcom series Archer and continues as assistant and mistress Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development on Netflix -- both shows are in their fourth seasons. Greer also hosts her own Yahoo! webisode series, Reluctantly Healthy. Born in Detroit, this former classical Russian ballet student is now stepmom to two teenagers and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Dean E. Johnsen, an executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher.
By Jenny Allen
The domestic diva opens up about the pain in her past, the love in her
life, and how she bounced back big time.
Martha Stewart takes a forkful of lemon pie and savors it. "Isn't this
good?" she asks in that trademark low, plummy voice.
We're lunching in her office at the Manhattan TV studio where she's just
finished hosting a live broadcast of The Martha Stewart Show, her Emmy
award-winning daily program. She sits at one end of the sleek rectangular table
Wash your face every night before bed, taking off all that makeup. When my skin starts to break out I use Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar, and it clears up in 2 days.
Q. When you're overworked and stressed out, how do you reset and unwind?
I do Bikram yoga, which takes time because after being in that heat, I have to shower. It's been saving my life lately, though, and I try to do it 3 days a week. With Bikram, I know what I'm going to get in the way of a class, no matter what town I'm in or what country. It helps me sleep at night. I also do transcendental meditation, and I can do that in my trailer, on set, at lunch. Doing 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon is ideal.
Q. What's your favorite healthy snack and why?
Strawberries are sweet. It was hard to get them when I was growing up in Michigan.
Q. What's your go-to healthy dinner?
At home I make “garbage salad” with a lot of leftovers mixed with kale, spinach, romaine, and rice. Leftovers depend on what I made for the kids previously, but usually a little meat. And I eat feta cheese every day of my life.
Q. What three ingredients are always in your refrigerator or pantry?
Wine or champagne, Dijon mustard, and honey: The last two make great salad dressing with lemon juice and olive oil.
Q. What do you stash in your trailer?
I get rice cakes, almonds, and herbal tea from the health food store.
Q. What's your workout regimen like?
In addition to yoga, I used to run and am still trying to do a little bit. I have an easier time exercising on location when I don't have to work all day. I always bring spinning shoes and try to spin at new places so I can meet people, make friends, and get out of the hotel.